“One of the things I love about porcelain is it’s apparent fragility and delicacy that belies great strength.”
Jill Ford Ceramics is based in her rural studio pottery in Ellerton where she creates unique wall pieces and hand thrown porcelain bowls and vases. Jill's contemporary porcelain vessels have been showcased in a host of prestigious venues such as The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Jill has also had her signature 'Landscape Bowl' showcased on ITV's 60 Minute Makeover.
I throw simple elegantly shaped pots on the wheel using smooth white fine porcelain. The Barnacle Shell pots are thrown from fine white porcelain on the wheel and then turned to make them even thinner. Masses of holes are pierced into the soft clay and carefully stretched, excavating away as much clay as possible without compromising the form.
Tall Standing Forms in the Barnacle Shell range make beautiful statement pieces. Pebble bowls and Standing Forms are thrown form smooth translucent porcelain then decorated with an eroded black stain. This technique produces a range of subtle greys and blues reminiscent of the sea at midnight. All pots are fully glazed, food safe and hand washable.
Wall pieces are painted onto handmade porcelain tiles, using ceramic glazes and oxides and textured to give tactile as well as visual interest. Sketches made out in the field are worked up into watercolour sketches and test tiles, before resulting in textural porcelain wall pieces. Woodlands and coastal stretches at Spurn Point provide bountiful inspiration. Porcelain provides an excellent medium to use in this painterly manner, with glazes and slips used to create sumptuous textural surfaces.
Lessons and workshops are held regularly at Jill's pottery in Ellerton E.Yorkshire – please visit her website for full details.
Bespoke Commissions of favourite scenes are welcomed.